Statue Of Liberty youngster Claro el Banco punched his ticket to the lucrative Gold Coast Magic Millions raceday after a courageous front-running victory in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat.
The only runner with race experience, he showed speed from the gates and set a strong clip in front to win by over a length from Sydney visitor Preferito.
“I’m just so proud of this horse,” trainer Jason Petch beamed. “He had to be used up to the first corner and never shirked the task. I will give him an easy two weeks and then get ready for the Gold Coast Magic Millions.”
Claro el Banco (2g Statue Of Liberty – Magic By Gosh by Magic Albert) earned $155,000 including $35,000 in VOBIS bonuses on Saturday to qualify for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on January 9.
The gelding got stage-fright when well-beaten on debut in the LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes. “He just got lost at Flemington,” jockey Craig Newitt explained. He had trialled brilliantly before and after that race and lived up to that promise here.”
In fact, TBV was on the scene at his first official trial at Cranbourne and spoke to Jason Petch at the time. Claro el Banco was bred by Peter McLaren and was purchased as a foal by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock for $46,000 through the Eliza Park International draft at the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Sale.
He was then sent to Rosemont Stud for yearling sales preparation. At the September trials, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said he was not surprised by the forward showing by the Statue of Liberty colt.
“He was always a strong forward precocious style of horse. Josh Wardle, Rosemont’s Operations Manager together with Sheamus Mills did a fantastic job selecting and subsequently pinhooking this lovely colt.”
The colt’s trainer Jason Petch this great young horse for $80,000 as a yearling at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.
“A great mate of mine Mark Lindsay, from Eliza Park, actually suggested I go and have a look at this horse at the Gold Coast sale. As soon I saw the horse and checked him over, I wanted him.”
The dam Magic By Gosh foaled a colt by former EPI sire Bushranger last year and she was then bred back to Statue Of Liberty.